5th Circ. Nixes La. Katrina Victims' FEMA Trailer Claims

Law360, New York (April 9, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of Louisiana plaintiffs’ negligence claims in litigation over the government’s provision of allegedly formaldehyde-contaminated trailers to Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims, saying the claims were barred by the Federal Tort Claims Act and Louisiana law.

The Louisiana claims against the Federal Emergency Management Agency are part of a sprawling class action filed by hurricane victims who say they were injured after being housed in trailers containing formaldehyde. The case also includes residents of Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, but these particular...
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